GIOVANNID E C U N T O
(American, b. 1949 - )
"My paintings are my palette for chaos and order to collide. I take the high art and the low art, which is commonplace, and let them battle it out on the canvas. The contemporary issues confronted in the work provoke a response, both emotional and intellectual, and symbolize the struggle towards birth that our society now faces. We are at the beginning. Painting, to me, is the great equalizer. I paint for humanity. I call to arms; the eternal spirit of man, the builder, the organizer and the evolutionary spirit that creates civilizations. I am speaking of that common, human thread that the great thinkers of the past continue to teach to us; the common link which triumphs over adversity, poverty and injustice."
Roger Kastel, a native of White Plains, New York, began his art career while still in high school. During high school, he commuted to Manhattan in order to study at the famed Art Students League. After serving four years in the navy during the Korean War, Roger returned to the Art Students League. The greater part of his art education and training came from Frank J. Reilly, one of the most respected art teachers of his era. While still a student, Roger had his first paperback book cover published by Simon Schuster as well as his first published poster for the National Fire Underwriters.
Following art school, Roger hit full stride as an illustrator, working for every major publishing house in New York City. He estimates that , during that time, he did over 1,000 illustrations Among those illustration is the paperback book cover for JAWS which Universal Studios later purchased the right to use as the movie poster. Roger also did the very popular EMPIRE STRIKES BACK movie poster for Lucas Films.
Roger then turned his passion and talent toward a fine art career. He has had his work in several private galleries in NY, CT, and MA. Roger has received several awards in fine art as well as illustration. This award-winning artist was a long time member of the Society of Illustrators where he his work is on display in the society’s permanent collection. Roger is a member of the Artist Fellowship and other fine art organizations. He has paintings in private and corporate collections. Roger is currently active in fine art and commissioned portraits.
an evening with Elizabeth Ives Hunter
Join us for a special exhibition and gallery talk with Elizabeth Ives Hunter, art consultant and former executive director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She will be giving a talk aimed at "New Collectors", giving advice to attendees on starting their art collections. On display will be a fabulous retrospective of the work of her deceased husband and famed Boston School painter Robert Douglas Hunter. In addition we will also be featuring the work of Robert Douglas Hunter's former students John Terelak and Marie Fischer and friend Marieluise Hutchinson.
Friday October 16, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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J. Todd Galleries
572 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Peter Rolfe was born in Maine in 1942. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He began painting full-time in 1971 and at the urging of Laurence Sisson, began with a painting trip along the New England coast.
Largely self-taught, Rolfe is most inspired by Sargent, Schmid, Feichin, Monet, Sisson, Thieme and Homer. His unique style, however, captures the elusive effects of the moment that give his paintings the sparkle that are their hallmark.
Rolfe’s paintings have been sold to hundreds of collectors from five continents. Three of his more publicized works include “Winter Night” which was exhibited by the National Academy of Design, “Dusk on the Charles” which was acquired by Genzyme Corporation and hangs in their front lobby and “Patriot’s Day – Heading Toward Kenmore”, the well-known depiction of the Boston Marathon, which was commissioned by the Boston Athletic Association.
Rolfe’s paintings of Maine, Boston, the southern cities of St. Augustine, Savannah and New Orleans, California, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, France and especially Italy (his favorite place to paint) hang in living rooms and boardrooms in almost every state in the Union.
Boston’s most revered living art teacher and Master painter, Robert Douglas Hunter, said of Rolfe, “Peter is a mature and consistent painter – a real pro. His subject matter is always original and fresh, and his compositions create ‘unity of effect’ – a quality that, historically, very few painters have been able to accomplish. His work has true artistic merit.”
Sales Tax Holiday - August 15th
Stop by Saturday, August 15th to take advantage of the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday. We will be open 10:30 to 5:30 on Saturday and have an amazing selection of original oil paintings that meet the under the $2500 requirement to be eligible. In addition, our framing expert Jessica will be on hand to help with all your framing needs. All custom frame orders paid for on Saturday will also be eligible for the tax savings.
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